Tottenham Hotspur will look to take advantage of Newcastle United's recent hiccup tonight, as both teams bid to progress to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
The Magpies suffered a 4-1 defeat away at Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, halting their bid to climb back into the top four. Spurs, meanwhile, recorded a 2-1 victory over Swansea City, thanks to a late winner from Christian Eriksen.
The two sides sit seventh and eighth in the table, with Tottenham one point ahead of Alan Pardew's men. However, the Newcastle manager insists his side are excited ahead of the clash, which gives the Toon Army a chance to reach a semi-final for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign.
With Mauricio Pochettino having to manage his side's busy schedule of Europa League football, domestic cup action and the Premier League, we are likely to see a big reshuffle for the hosts at White Hart Lane.
However, Newcastle have a tough tie to prepare for at the weekend, as they take on local rivals Sunderland at St James' Park on Sunday in what is likely to prove a vital game for the home side.
The growing list of injury problems continues for Newcastle, and with Spurs coming into this one on the back of a dramatic win against Swansea, the advantage could just edge their way.
SPURS TEAM NEWS
Pochettino will be without unsettled striker Emmanuel Adebayor once again, as he deemed the 30-year-old unfit to be included in the squad to face Newcastle following his return from compassionate leave in Togo.
Kyle Walker has played twice already this week so is a likely absentee, with Kyle Naughton expected to step in at right-back.
Michel Vorm is expected to keep his spot in goal, following his solid clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Brighton in the previous round.
The Spurs boss made ten changes for the clash against Brighton in the previous round, so a similar move could be in line - although the Argentinean will be keen to progress.
NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
Pardew has seven players who remain sidelined with injury, whilst defender Daryl Janmaat is forced to sit out the game having picked up his fifth caution of the season against Arsenal.
Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor, Siem De Jong, Rolando Aarons and Gabriel Obertan are the players who make up the injury list.
The Magpies do welcome back Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko from suspension though, after the pair sat out the clash with Arsene Wenger's men on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Naughton, Fazio, Dier, Davies, Townsend, Dembele, Bentaleb, Chadli, Kane, Soldado
Newcastle United: Alnwick, Haidara, Coloccini, Taylor, Dummett, Tiote, Sissoko, Colback, Gouffran, Riviere, Perez
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle
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